The Purpose of Art in Madhubani, Bihar

Through Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar, the #DoorsofIndia journey took me to a destination I have always wanted to explore—Madhubani. We drove 175 kilometres from Patna before sunrise to make it on time to the Mithila Art Institute in Madhubani town. Mithila art, popularly known as Madhubani painting, is an art form that the women of Madhubani…

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People of Kumaon, Uttarakhand (Part 2)

It is difficult to escape their charm. Every time I travel to Uttarakhand, the loveliness of the people I meet seem to only increase. I recently wrote about the women who I met in Kilmora and Chirag and as a continuing part of my conversations with the people of Uttarakhand, I’d like you to meet two…

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Photo Story: The Camera-Friendly Locals of Rancha, Madhya Pradesh

Somewhere in the heart of India, I realised that even the most introverted child loves the camera. It works as an ice-breaker and as a charming conversationalist. While staying at Kings Lodge in Bandhavgarh, we made a quick visit to Rancha. Barely a kilometre away from the rustic property, we entered the quiet and dusty village with not…

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Mumbai, the City of Dreams?

At 2:35AM the cops in Colaba stop my cab. Gufran steps out and shows them his documents. After the interrogation, he returns to his driver’s seat with a frown and in a few minutes, he calmly vents out his frustration in the matter. I am impressed by him at many levels. Firstly, even though he…

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People of the Garhwal Mountains, Uttarakhand

Journeys are made by the people we meet and the landscapes we see. People share the stories of the land as they have seen or heard about it and that makes the place more special to me. In my recent trek to the Valley of Flowers and Hemkund, I got the chance to meet some people…

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Exploring Kolkata Through a Different Perspective

Have you ever explored a place looking at it through someone else’s eyes? It could be any place—perhaps the city you live in or a destination you’re visiting for the first time. The perspective changes. I call this the ‘magical perspective’. It doesn’t permanently change the way I look at things, it helps me identify…

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